the enduring attractions each summer at Saratoga Race Course is the
emergence of rising 2-year-olds, and on Sunday, racegoers will enjoy not
one but two outstanding Grade 2 races for juveniles, the $200,000
Toyota Saratoga Special and the $200,000 Adirondack for fillies.
Both will be covered by The Jockey Club
Tour on FOX from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes, and
FOX Sports Go, and on-air duties will once again be handled by NYRA's
Richard Migliore and Andy Serling, along with Greg Wolf, Alyssa Ali, and
A promising field of 11 juveniles was
entered for the Toyota Saratoga Special, with the winner hoping to
eventually join champions such as Favorite Trick, Dehere, and Chief's
Crown, all winners of the second of three open graded stakes for
2-year-olds on the dirt at the Spa.
Heading the field as the narrow 7-2
favorite on the morning line is Alex and JoAnn Lieblong's I Spent It, an
impressive maiden winner on July 2 at Belmont Park. A few months
earlier, the Lieblongs spent $600,000 to purchase the son of 2010
Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver after the colt blazed a furlong in :09
4/5 seconds at the Fasig-Tipton Sales in Ocala, Fla.
"He showed obvious talent from the start;
we saw his talent, everyone saw his talent, he breezed very fast at the
sale," said trainer Tony Dutrow. "When you look at him, he's an
outstanding individual. That's what led us to spend a great deal of
money on him. Since then, he's continued to show talent that few
possess, and I think he's a very good horse."
Dutrow said he has no exact formula for stepping a colt up into a stakes off a single race, albeit an impressive one.
"Some horse trainers are very, very good
at evaluating their horses with no starts, one start, and some of us
aren't so good at it," he said. "When I feel the way I feel about I
Spent It, throughout my career, I've been pretty right about it, because
they're very obvious. You know they're good horses. You might not know
how good they are, but you know they're good. In I Spent It's case, I
feel we have a very, very good horse. And when I feel this way, I have
to have confidence in him because I've been right more than I've been
Javier Castellano will ride I Spent It from the rail.
Todd Pletcher, who won last year's
Saratoga Special with Corfu, will be represented by Nonna's Boy, the 4-1
third choice on the morning line, and Stanford, a 12-1 outsider.
Owned by Mike Repole, Nonna's Boy debuted
a 5 ½-length winner at 1-10 on June 13 at Belmont Park, then finished
fourth as the favorite in the Grade 3 Sanford on July 19 on Opening Day
at the Spa.
"I thought it
was an interesting race for him," said Pletcher of the Sanford. "It
showed he could sit off the pace a little bit and make a run. I think
the one thing that [jockey] John [Velazquez] and I talked about after
the race is that maybe we have to time our run a little better. He made a
big move around the turn and flattened out a little bit. Of course,
that was only his second start and I think that experience should help
owned by Stonestreet Stables, enters the Saratoga Special off a single
race, having won at five furlongs on June 29 at Monmouth Park.
"He trained at
Belmont, we ran him at Monmouth and he ran well first time out," said
Pletcher. "The horse that was second to him [Posse Dreamin] came back
and won next out, so those are encouraging signs. Hopefully he keeps
moving forward. That's the world we live in today. You either run from a
maiden to a stake or you stay in the stall."
Velazquez will be back aboard Nonna's Boy, who drew post position 6, while Joe Bravo will ride Stanford from post position 8.
Third choice at 9-2 on the morning line
is Cinco Charlie, who suffered his first defeat when he finished third
in the Sanford. The precocious Indian Charlie colt broke his maiden on
May 9 at Churchill Downs, and returned seven weeks later for another
front-running victory, this time in the Grade 3 Bashford Manor.
Shaun Bridgmohan will ride Cinco Charlie from post position 7.
Also returning from the Sanford is Zayat
Stables' Mr. Z, a tough-luck second after an eventful trip. The Malibu
Moon colt was a winner first time on June 28 at Churchill Downs, winning
by a half-length. Corey Lanerie will ride from post position 3.
Rounding out the field are the Bret
Calhoun-trained W V Jetsetter, winner of the TTA Sales Futurity at Lone
Star last time out and recent maiden winners Lord Tyrion, Tizcano, Rod
McLeod, Cleveland Sound, and Majestic Affair.